Apple has long been rumored to come up with a successor to the iPhone SE, which could be called iPhone SE2 or iPhone 9. Over the past few years, there have been several reports and rumors detailing the specs, features and design of this 4.7-inch iPhone. Now, for the first time, iPhone 9 video renders are making the rounds online showing what the rumored phone might look like.
iPhone 9 video renders: what it shows?
This new iPhone 9 video render comes from Onleaks (via iGeeksBlog). The renders show a design very close to the iPhone 8 with a few visual changes. As per the iPhone 9 video renders, the 4.7-inch iPhone would feature a frosted glass and not the glossy glass one. Also, the Apple logo is vertically centered similar to the three iPhone 11 models.
The iPhone 9 appears to feature a stainless steel frame, similar to the one in the iPhone X. Apart from these changes, the renders show a form factor similar to the iPhone 8. From the front, the iPhone 9 looks identical to the iPhone 8 due to the presence of thick bezels and the circular home button.
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This render is in line with the reports that the new entry-level iPhone would be an upgrade to the iPhone 8, featuring an A13 chip and no 3D Touch. Also, it is expected that the new iPhone would support wireless charging. However, unlike the original iPhone SE, the successor won’t have a headphone jack.
Onleaks expects the phone to feature a 4.7-inch LCD screen, similar to the iPhone 8. Further, the dimensions shared by OnLeaks for the phone are 138.5 x 67.4 x 7.8mm. The phone, however, is a bit thicker than the 2017 model having a width of 7.8mm instead of the 7.3mm.
iPhone 9: what to expect
So far, there has been no confirmation from Apple about this 4.7-inch iPhone, not even its existence or the name. OnLeaks, however, has had a good track record when it comes to iPhone-related leaks.
Since this new iPhone would replace the iPhone SE, it should logically be called the iPhone SE2, but recent reports suggest that Apple would name it iPhone 9 as it would sit between the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Also, the phone would have better specifications than the iPhone 8, but may not get the near-bezel-free design of the iPhone X.
Trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was the first to suggest that the new 4.7-inch iPhone would bear a similar design as the iPhone 8. Also, the analyst noted that the iPhone 9 would come with a starting price of $399 and get a red color option as well. Further, Kuo said that the phone would be available in 64 GB and 128 GB versions.
In terms of the camera, the phone would have a single sensor on the back, but it would be much better than the one in the iPhone 8, thanks to the use of smart machine learning. As of now, there are no words on other specifications, including camera resolution and battery capacity. The phone, however, is rumored to get a new LCP antenna for improved network connectivity.
When to expect it?
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 9 in the spring or in the first quarter of 2020. Some also have talked about an early 2020 unveiling. Lately, Apple’s iPhone sales have been slowing, and much of this could be attributed to the high price of the iPhones.
So, coming up with an affordable iPhone earlier in the year could give a boost to Apple’s iPhone sales. Also, it won’t eat away into the sales of the iPhone 11 as both would cater to a different set of buyers. Moreover, the iPhone 9 would arrive about six months after the release of the iPhone 11, or the time when sales start to slow.
The 16GB version of the original iPhone SE came with a price tag of $399. So, we can expect the new iPhone to cost at least as much as the original one. Kuo expects Apple to price the new iPhone at $399 as well.